Volcán de Fuego en Guatemala

Fuego Volcano Increases Eruptive Activity in Guatemala

July 10, 2022, 9:54 PM

July 10, 2022, 9:54 PM

The Fuego volcano, about 35 km from the capital of Guatemala, increased its eruptive activity, reported this Sunday the Institute of Volcanology (Insivumeh).

“The instrumental records detected an increase in the colossus (3,763 masl). 2 to 5 explosions per hour are observed, as well as moderate and strong avalanches“, indicated the entity in a bulletin on the volcano.

In addition, the Insivumeh specified that it raises “a curtain of ash and the wind disperses this material at distances of between 10 and 15 kilometers in directions west and southwest”, affecting nine communities on the slopes of the volcano.

The institute warns that the increased activity “may precede the formation of a lava flow” towards one or several ravines (natural basins) as happened on July 4, when another eruptive increase was recorded.

Rodolfo García, spokesman for Civil Protection, said that So far there have been no evacuations.

Nevertheless, maintain communication “with the community leaders” near the volcano and municipal authorities of the departments in which the volcano is located, Sacatepéquez, Chimaltenango and Escuintla, to evacuate if necessary, he clarified.

An eruption of the Fuego volcano, on June 3, 2018, caused an avalanche that devastated the community of San Miguel Los Lotes (Escuintla) and part of a highway in the neighboring town of Alotenango (Sacatepéquez), leaving 215 dead and a similar number of missing.

Along with Fuego, the Santiaguito (west) and Pacaya (south) volcanoes are also active in Guatemala.

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